*Ed Note: This article appears via Bloguin's five star college football blog Crystal Ball Run.
If we’ve learned anything in the past three years while watching schools hopscotch the country from conference to conference, it’s that ESPN now wields an inordinate amount of power over college sports. The Worldwide Leader has been dropping coin on college sports media rights like Johnny Manziel at an Indian casino.
Now, the bill is starting to come due.
Wall Disney Co., ESPN’s parent company, announced its quarterly earnings Tuesday and witnessed a drop of 6 percent in profits. Mickey attributed the slide in part to rising costs related to ESPN’s college football programming.no comments
This And 1 from Danilo Galinari is an amazing shot and an important one too as it sealed a Nuggets victory over the Bucks Tuesday night... but "shot of the century?" What's funny is Nuggets play by play man Chris Marlowe going absolutely bonkers for the acrobatic lay in by saying it's the best shot from the last 100 years in basketball and adding in sound effects as well. Thankfully Marlowe must realize that hyperbole is a little strong and steps down to only calling it the "shot of the year."
Because anytime you can withstand 35 points from Sam Dalembert and survive the Bucks at home, it's cause to get extra excited!no comments
During the blackout that took place during Sunday's Super Bowl, CBS's Armen Keteyian was actually in the NFL's control room conducting an interview with Frank Supovitz, who was in charge of the NFL's Super Bowl gameday operations. During the interview, which was recorded for 60 Minutes Sports, Keteyian and Supovitz were talking about the halftime show starring Beyonce when all of a sudden.... the power went out in the control room and half of the stadium.
To his credit, Keteyian stood back and let Supovitz and his staff do their jobs in an attempt to get the power back on. But despite the inside look at the control room, it's a little bizarre to see that the NFL's staff really had no immediate answers for *why* the power went out (and still doesn't), but all things considered, I think they handled things the best that they could have.
You know what would have been nice during the broadcast? If instead of going to James Brown, Solomon Wilcots, and the rest of the NFL Today staff for an extended halftime show, CBS got a camera on Keteyian for updates since he was right in the thick of things. That was a huge opportunity that the network missed to inform viewers about what was going on instead of the path they took, which was to babble the same things over and over again with no confidence.
ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose was in Bloomington on Saturday for College Gameday, implanted on site at Assembly Hall during #3 Indiana's 81-73 victory over #1 Michigan. After the game (which began at 9 PM) concluded, Rose found his way to a house party, where he stayed until 5 AM. Among the highlights of Rose's appearances at the party (according to a now-deleted thread on Reddit) are...no comments
Note that this week it's Mike Tirico pulling double duty as he'll announce two NBA games on Sunday from New York with the Knicks in the afternoon and Nets in the evening.
Tuesday, February 5
Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets (NBAtv 7:30PM) Ernie Johnson, Steve Smith, Chris Webber
Wednesday, February 6
San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN 9PM) Mark Jones, Jon Barry
Thursday, February 7
Los Angeles Lakers @ Boston Celtics (TNT 8PM) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets (TNT 10:30PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
Friday, February 8
Los Angeles Clippers @ Miami Heat (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz (ESPN 10:30PM) Mark Jones, Jon Barry
Saturday, February 9
Utah Jazz @ Sacramento Kings (NBAtv 9PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday, February 10
Los Angeles Clippers @ New York Knicks (ABC 1PM) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown
Los Angeles Lakers @ Miami Heat (ABC 3:30PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
San Antonio Spurs @ Brooklyn Nets (ESPN 8PM) Mike Tirico, Jon Barry
H/T Sammy!no comments
On Tuesday, Forbes released a list of the ten most disliked athletes in America based on the most recent Nielsen surveys.
To the surprise of no one, Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are tied for first place.
While Armstrong may have cleared his conscious by admitting to Oprah that he did, in fact, find hope with dope, he did himself no favors. All his previous self-righteous statements and ads dedicated to his holiness and clean system make him all the more hypocritical now. No one likes a liar, but people especially dislike liars who throw everyone else under the bus to conceal their own lies. On top of all of this, he is not paying back any of the bonus money he cheated to earn. What a stellar guy.no comments
Like some sort of hideous Blob type demon spawn, ESPN2's First Take is expanding once again. Earlier this winter, ESPN attempted to launch a new Saturday morning edition of First Take starring the ignominious Rob Parker. Those plans were cut short when Parker destroyed his own career with some of the most outlandish comments on Bristol airwaves. The last time First Take Weekend aired in its 8 AM Saturday time slot was in the last week of December.
If at first you don't succeed, try and try to inflict pain and torture on us as much as you can. Stephen A. Smith tweeted, ESPN will begin to air a live half hour edition of First Take in their afternoon lineup at 3:30 PM ET. This is in addition to the four hours of First Take on ESPN2 from 10 AM - 2 PM ET. If God wasn't so worried about the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, maybe he could have stopped this...no comments
The nice thing about the NFL season coming to an end is Rick Reilly's essays will now be relegated to golf's majors and random events in between. His "Tale of Two Super Bowls" essay tries so hard to recapture the form of the backpage SI columnist who signed that multi million dollar mega contract with ESPN. And then his poetic waxing ends with a Beyonce quote because Rick Reilly can't stop being Rick Reilly.
H/T Deadspinno comments